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Mr. Carl Severson

Wrong Carl Severson?

Partner and Owner

Local Address: New York City, New York, United States
Good Fight Entertainment
 
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Good Fight Entertainment
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Music industry veteran and Davis ...
waveformmedia.mi2n.com, 12 Jan 2011 [cached]
Music industry veteran and Davis Entertainment Group owner Steve Davis and music/sports powerhouse Good Fight Entertainment's founding partners Paul Conroy and Carl Severson are happy to announce a long-term strategic partnership which will find Davis folding in to Good Fight Entertainment his highly-successful music management company; the triumvirate will operate under the Good Fight Entertainment moniker.
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Conroy and Severson will look to Davis' multi-faceted experience in all aspects of the music industry to help expand the company they founded in new and innovative ways to keep up with the constantly evolving landscape that is the entertainment business.
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Good Fight's Paul Conroy commented, "Carl and I celebrated our new found independence with our company in 2010.
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Good Fight's Carl Severson added, "Throughout my career I've been able to align with the highest caliber of people, be it via exceptional talent or the strength of their character, I've benefited from some unrivaled talents.
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Paul, Carl and I share a vision as to how to manage artists in these times and what a true management company needs to look like in 2011 and beyond.
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I admire what Paul and Carl have built and look forward with excitement as to what we can build together in the future."
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Good Fight Entertainment was founded by Paul Conroy and Carl Severson in January, 2010.
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Conroy and Severson, music industry vets in their own right, first met more than a decade ago working at legendary hard rock and heavy metal label, Roadrunner Records.
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Severson established and ran the label's New Media department, while Conroy worked as A&R Director.
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In 2004, Conroy returned to the fold to become partners with Severson in Ferret Music.
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During this time, Conroy and Severson helped launch or grow the careers of numerous seminal hardcore and metal outfits, including Every Time I Die, Boys Night Out and From Autumn To Ashes, while taking the likes of In Flames, The Devil Wears Prada, Chimaira, Madball and more to previously unachieved levels of success.
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Conroy and Severson departed Ferret/WMG in late 2009 to establish Good Fight Entertainment.
Warner Music Group - Investor Relations - News Release
investors.wmg.com, 7 Aug 2006 [cached]
In making the announcement, Todd Moscowitz, President of ILG, said, "For more than 10 years, Ferret Music, under the leadership of Carl Severson and Paul Conroy, has been one of independent music's most innovative companies.
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Carl Severson, CEO of Ferret Music, said, "Ferret's new partnership with ILG will enable us to continue to take all our endeavors to the next level.
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Carl and I have ambitious plans for the development of all of the operating companies within Ferret.
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Prior to partnering with Carl Severson at Ferret Music, Paul Conroy managed powerhouse artists including Lamb Of God, Every Time I Die and Eighteen Visions.
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Founded in 1996 by Carl Severson, Ferret Music is well known in the underground metal and hardcore music scenes. More recently, Severson and music entrepreneur Paul Conroy expanded Ferret Music's business to include artist management, music publishing and music merchandise as well as becoming a co-owner of "The Sounds of the Underground Tour."
Nora Interview
www.fourteeng.net, 24 May 2005 [cached]
Carl Severson
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Vocals: Carl Severson
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Carl Severson is not only the frontman for one of New Jersey's most respected hardcore band's Nora however he is also the owner of Ferret Records. Please join in this introspective conversation with Mr. Severson as you catch a glimpse on the inner workings of of an artist and the other flip of the coin, a record label magnet.
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Carl: Oh, you're welcome.
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Carl: Oh you know we're just doing the first date of it.
Karma: Oh okay.
Carl: I didn't know if Jerry had made that clear.
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Carl: Should be a good time.
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Carl: Well, no it's more like a thought process of which one are we.
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Carl: Oh yeah, it's been a great run but sometimes you find yourself, you know after people quit the band and friends who've known each other a very long time fall out and just don't feel it anymore.
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Carl: We've started writing, which is tentatively titled Save Yourself.
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Carl: Songwriting has always been a pretty big callous for us.
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Carl: Yeah, it's kind of weird, I mean the lineup we've had has basically been Portland, our guitar player, Ross, the drummer and myself.
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Carl: Well, actually this is kind of funny.
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Carl: Actually with the songs "Deadmen" and "Dreamers", when I was comin' up with names for the record, I was like, "What do you think of the names Dreamers or Deadmen?
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Carl: Right, it's never really like political or anything like that, it's more like our life experiences and what we think and see, that sort of stuff.
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Carl: You know, with concept and that, a lot of the songs with Dreamers and Deadmen kind of come from that.
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Carl: Right. A lot of that is what Jake [Bannon], from Converge did, cause' he did the art for that record and he's a good friend and everybody in the band has always been a fan of his art stuff. We sent him the lyrics and I talked to him about kind of trying to get across with the lyrics, the album, and that sort of stuff. That cover came out as his interpretation of what we were doin'. It's pretty cool cause that's what he wanted to do, it's his contribution and he's somebody we respect. It's his contribution to making the album a whole and that kind of input was like the final piece.
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Carl: That's kind of a tough question. [Pauses] Portland, what's your favorite song on the record?
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Carl: It's kind of cool to make up a word.
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Carl: Not entirely, but it's mellowed.
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Carl: Oh, he's a good dude and we've stayed friends even after FATA left the label. They've always been super supportive of everything that the label has done. FATA has always gone out of their way to take our newer bands on tour which is awesome and they're just good dudes especially Ben. He and I gotten to be really good friends along the way and actually I was just talking to him the other day.
Karma: Okay.
Carl: Yeah, we're cool because when their new record came out, they made a point of reaching out and thanking everybody at Ferret, which is something they necessarily didn't have to do, and that was very cool.
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Carl: [Laughs] It's weird, it's Tway.
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Carl: It's actually my moms' maiden name.
Karma: Oh wow.
Carl: My brother and me have the same middle name.
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Carl: Well, Trustkill has always been really good to us especially since we're not a full-time touring band, you know? We do as much as we can, but even I know from Ferret if you're not a full-time touring band at this point, it's like I'm not gonna end up working with you. You end up spending the same amount of money to promote a record and all sorts of shit and the band isn't in a spot to put in the same level of commitment. [However], I grew up with Josh, he and I went to high school together and he and I have always been really cool and he's always been real supportive of us. We've been able to do tons of stuff, like tour Europe twice, and all around the US and Canada. You know, he lets us keep spending his money, spread the good word; definitely got no complaints there, he's a good dude.
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Carl: You know, actually another good friend of ours was gonna put out his first record and I never intended to release anything for Nora just cause, from the get go we knew we could just have Ferret put it out but that seemed too easy and we felt like... I never wanted to be the guy to put out his own band because when someone else offers to put out your record for you it's a pretty big deal, this person actually you're good enough and they're willing to put a ton of work and money into spreading your music around. So, we wanted that accomplishment of knowing somebody out there really liked what we were doing that much they were willing to get behind it. But, the original label that was going to put it out was a an upstart that one of our friends started called Heartsdown and it halfway through he ran out of money and I was like, "Fuck it, the albums recorded I'll just step in and help run it out there.
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Carl: I roadied for this band Endeavor, they were a bunch of kids I grew up with.
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Carl: Yeah, at this point Ferret is actually able to financially support a band that's doing that or at least get them off the ground and support them until they're able to support themselves.
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Carl: I actually worked at Roadrunner for four years and while I was there I was doing Ferret stuff and I left when FATA was getting big and had a couple of records, Every Time I Die was doing well, and the Killswitch album had done well, and I helped Killswitch get signed to Roadrunner while I was there.
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Carl: Oh no and everything worked out great you know, that was two and a half years ago.
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Carl: We just signed Madball, which is awesome, they're one of the best bands ever.
Karma: Congratulations.
Carl: The record is gonna be…mark my words we'll have the biggest Madball record ever!
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Well, since you are such a busy man how do you spend your "spare-time" Carl?
Carl: I do a lot of work, basically some Nora stuff here and there, but I'm also engaged, I live with my fiancée and her son so I spend any time I have with them.
Karma: Aw, congratulations.
Carl: Thank you, thank you.
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Carl: You know, the label I started completely and totally on my own and now it's something that I can make a living off of and there are six of us that work here. It's like, everybody makes a living off of it and they have like health insurance and shit, which is cool.
Karma: Very much so.
Carl: And we did that just by basically just because of my keeping up on music and I like this stuff and this type of music.
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Carl: Just to see you guys and we're like, "that's amazing."
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Carl: Yeah it does and it's totally flattering and kind of the main reason and give us the drive to do something like drive to Chicago and back from New Jersey in a weekend to play one show. We've done that stupid thing three times in a row.
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Carl: I would not have sold the Converge record, they're one of my favorite bands of all time and it would be nice if there's something out there still with my logo on it, I mean besides the fact that it's a successful record. Even now, they still have been cool with me about it.
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Carl: Yeah, you know I've fucked some things up that cost myself a lot of money here and there that I'd like to go back and not do.
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Carl: Poison The Well, My Chemical Romance, a good call on that one right. [Laughs sarcastically] I don't know, who else… There's Atreyu , you know all sorts of stuff.
Karma: Oh wow.
Carl: You know, who knows?
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Carl: Oh yeah, definitely.
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Carl: Yeah, actually I had a job there once but they fired me.
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Carl: You know I'm not gonna be able to answer that, it requires too much thought. It's definitely a good question, that's one you're gonna have to let me email you an answer to.
Karma: Okay, will do, and do you have any last words? [Carl still hasn't come up with a selection ;^)]
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Carl: Thank you very much for taking the time to do this and saying cool things about Nora and Ferret, that's awesome.
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Carl: I dunno, cause I kinda don't give a shit what the average 15-year old kid with an internet connection thinks about me and my band, I've sworn off those so we just leave it alone.
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Carl: Well we had thought that and decided that we're not gonna do it but we actually haven't got around to changing that on the site, we probably need to go on ahead and do it. We'll get around to it.
Karma: Speaking of your site, I love design.
Carl: Thank you.
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Well Carl, it
Roadrunner Records UK
www.roadrunnerrecords.co.uk, 16 Sept 2004 [cached]
CARL SEVERSON (HEAD OF FERRET RECORDS)
(L-R): Carl Severson ...
www.billboardbulletin.com, 12 April 2012 [cached]
(L-R): Carl Severson (Partner, Good Fight), Eric Rushing (Manager, The Artery Foundation), Ash Avildsen (Owner, Sumerian Records), and Nick "Biggie Grimaldi (Manager, Good Fight) at the Golden Gods Awards. (Photo: Ryan J. Downey)
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Carl Severson (Partner, Good Fight) and Matt Ash (Manager, Raw Power Management) get intense. (Photo: Ryan J. Downey)
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And kind of everybody is here," noted Severson.
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